Historical Facts

During the 19th. century, horticultural scientists realised that an exchange of their views and experience should be promoted internationally in order to globalise their national or even regional efforts. The first International Horticultural Congress was organised in 1864 in Brussels (Belgium) as a first step in realising this objective. With the organisation of this congress followed by he next event one year later in Amsterdam (Netherlands), the seeds of our actual International Society for Horticultural Science were planted. In 1923 the foundation of an International Commission for Horticultural Congresses was established. The International Society for Horticultural Science was officially registered as such on April 27, 1959, formalising a global network of international horticultural co-operation. The creation within ISHS of Sections according to the various horticultural cultures, Commissions corresponding to the different branches of horticultural science and technologies extending across the different cultures and our Working Groups, is a guarantee for the high level of the international workshops, symposia and congresses that are organised each year in co-operation with ISHS.


ISHS presidents

  • Startup: Roger de Vilmorin (France)
  • 1961 - 1962: Prof. Dr. A. Lecrenier (Belgium)
  • 1962 – 1966: Prof. Dr. H.B. Tukey sr (USA)
  • 1966 – 1970: Prof. Dr. P. Spiegel-Roy (Israel)
  • 1970 – 1974: Prof. Dr. S.A. Pieniazek (Poland)
  • 1974 – 1978: Dr. W.F. Walker (Australia)
  • 1978 – 1982: Prof. Dr. D. Fritz (Germany F.R.)
  • 1982 – 1986: Prof. Dr. H.B. Tukey jr (USA)
  • 1986 – 1990: Prof. Dr. F. Scaramuzzi (Italy)
  • 1990 – 1994: Prof. Dr. R. Sakiyama (Japan)
  • 1994 – 1998: Prof. Dr. S. Sansavini (Italy)
  • 1998 – 2002: Dr. C.D. Brickell (UK)
  • 2002 - 2006: Dr. N.E. Looney (Canada)
  • 2006 - 2010: Dr. N.E. Looney (Canada)
  • 2010 - 2014: Prof. Dr. A. Monteiro (Portugal)
  • 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Roderick A. Drew (Australia)

secretary general / executive director

  • 1959 - 1982: Dr. G. de Bakker
  • 1982 – 1994: Ir. H.H. van der Borg
  • Function of Secretary General abolished in 1994 and replaced by Executive Director
  • 1994 – 1995: Dr. O. Verdonck (acting Executive Director)
  • 1995 - : Ir. J. Van Assche

the ISHS nominations and awards committee

The ISHS Nominations and Awards Committee invites the members of the Society, to bring possible candidates for an ISHS Honorary Membership and ISHS Fellowship to the attention of the Society. Nominations should be accompanied by five (5) letters of support, giving reasons why a nominee is considered worthy of an honour; these letters must come from members in no less than three (3) different countries. Nominations must be received by the Executive Director of ISHS at least three months prior to a Council meeting. The Executive Director will collect the suggestions and will send these, together with the letters of support, to the Nominations and Awards Committee. The Nominations and Awards Committee (which consists of around 6 persons on a 4 year rotation system) will discuss and select the suggestions that were received and send them with a motivated recommendation to the ISHS Board at least six weeks before a Council meeting.
The Board will discuss the recommendations made by the Nominations and Awards Committee and send the final, motivated nominations to the Council, which will decide who will receive the Awards - following the procedure set in article 3d and 3e of the Rules of Procedure of the ISHS. The presentation ceremony takes place at the International Horticultural Congress during the General Assembly of the ISHS.

fellow members

The ISHS Fellow Award will be presented to a person who is a member of ISHS, in recognition of his/her outstanding contribution to horticultural science worldwide. A precious metal pin and a certificate will be given to the recipients of this award. Awarded by the Council; the total number of living ISHS Fellows shall not exceed 1% of the total membership, averaged over a period of previous 5 years.

  • Dr. Sylvia Blankenship (USA) 2010
  • Dr. C.D. Brickell (United Kingdom) 2002
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel C. Cantliffe (USA) 2006
  • Dr. Krishan Lal Chadha (India) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Guglielmo Costa (Italy) 2016
  • Prof. Dr. Silvia Dorn (Switzerland) 2010
  • Dr. Allan Ross Ferguson (New Zealand) 2014
  • Dr. Ian Brookman Ferguson (New Zealand) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Abraham A. Halevy (Israel) 2006 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. Errol W. Hewett (New Zealand) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Shuichi Iwahori (Japan) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Jules Janick (USA) 2006
  • Prof. Dr. Adel A. Kader (USA) 2014 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. John Donough Heber [Dyno] Keatinge (UK) 2016
  • Dr. Schuyler Korban (USA) 2010
  • Dr. Norman E. Looney (Canada) 2006 (*)
  • Dr. William Barry McGlasson (Australia) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Robert E. Paull (USA) 2014
  • Dr. L. Rallo Romero (Spain) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Ian W. Warrington (New Zealand) 2010
  • Prof. Dr. Silviero Sansavini (Italy) 2002

(*): Deceased

honorary members

Honorary Membership of the ISHS will be given by the Council to a person who is a member of the ISHS, in recognition of his/her exceptional service to the Society. A certificate will be given to the recipients of this ISHS Award.

  • Prof. Dr. Uygun Aksoy (Turkey) 2008
  • Dr. Robert J. Bogers (Netherlands) 2010
  • Dr. C.D. Brickell (United Kingdom) 2002
  • Prof.em.Dr.Dr.h.c. G. Bünemann (Germany) 1996 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Cantliffe (USA) 2010
  • Prof. Dr. Lyle Craker (USA) 2006
  • Prof. Dr. G. De Bakker, (Netherlands) 1982 (*)
  • Dr. Roger de Vilmorin (France) 1970 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. Geoffrey Richard Dixon (United Kingdom) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Carlo Fideghelli (Italy) 2014
  • Dr. R.R.W. Folley (United Kingdom) 1982 (*)
  • Prof.em. Dr. Dr.h.c. Dietrich Fritz, (Germany) 1990
  • Prof. Dr. A. Gentile (Italy) 1996 (*)
  • Prof. Em. Dr. Masatoshi Iwata (Japan) 1998 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. Jules Janick (USA) 2010
  • Prof. Dr. Koki Kanahama (Japan) 2016
  • Prof. Dr. A. Klougart (Denmark) 1982 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. A. Lecrenier (Belgium) 1974 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. Jung-Myung Lee (South Korea) 2010 (*)
  • Dr. Norman E. Looney (Canada) 2014 (*)
  • Dr. U. Menini (Italy) 1996 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. Roar Moe (Norway) 2006 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. António A. Monteiro, (Portugal) 2002
  • Dr. Mike Nichols (New Zealand) 2006
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Noga (Germany) 2016
  • Prof. Dr. S.A. Paunovic (Yugoslavia) 1990 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. S.A. Pieniazek (Poland) 1978
  • Prof. Dr. C.A.M. Portas (Portugal) 2006
  • Dr. J.V. Possingham (Australia) 2002
  • Prof. Dr. D.W. Robinson (Ireland) 1998 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. Silviero Sansavini (Italy) 2002
  • Prof. Dr. Franco Scaramuzzi, (Italy) 1998
  • Prof. Dr. J.G. Seeley (United States of America) 1992 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. P. Spiegel-Roy (Israel) 1978
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Tétényi (Hungary) 1996 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. T.D. Tindall (United Kingdom) 1990 (*)
  • Dr. F.R. Tubbs (United Kingdom) 1974 (*)
  • Prof. Dr. H.B. Tukey Jr. (United States of America) 1994
  • Prof. Dr. H.B. Tukey Sr. (United States of America) 1970 (*)
  • Dr. Omer Verdonck (Belgium) 2014
  • Prof. Em. Dr. W.-U. Von Hentig (Germany) 1994
  • Dr. W.F. Walker (Australia) 1982 (*)
  • Dr. Ian W. Warrington (New Zealand) 2014
  • Dr. Anthony David Webster (United Kingdom) 2014
  • Prof. Dr. S.J. Wellensiek (Netherlands) 1970 (*)
  • Dr. R.H. Zimmerman (United States of America) 2002

(*): Deceased

ISHS Horticulture Innovation Award

The Horticulture Innovation Award is the highest recognition granted by ISHS Council to a person or institution for an exceptional contribution to horticulture innovation. This award is especially addressed to those with innovative ideas to create new products and services that are seen as important landmarks in the progress of horticulture at international level. A trophy and a certificate will be given to the recipients of this award.

  • Compac Sorting Equipment Ltd. (New Zealand) 2014
  • Suntory Flowers Ltd. (Japan) 2016

international horticultural congresses (IHC)

  • 1864 Brussels - Belgium
  • 1865 Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • 1883 Ghent - Belgium
  • 1885 Paris - France
  • 1889 Paris - France
  • 1893 Chicago, IL – USA
  • 1900 Paris - France
  • 1905 Paris - France
  • 1910 Brussels - Belgium
  • 1913 Ghent - Belgium
  • 1923 Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • 1927 Vienna - Austria
  • 1930 London - UK
  • 1932 Paris - France
  • 1935 Rome - Italy
  • 1938 Berlin - Germany
  • 1952 London - UK
  • 1955 The Hague – The Netherlands
  • 1958 Nice – France
  • 1962 Brussels – Belgium
  • 1966 College Park, MD - USA
  • 1970 Tel-Aviv - Israel
  • 1974 Warsaw - Poland
  • 1978 Sydney – Australia
  • 1982 Hamburg – Germany F.R.
  • 1986 Davis, CA - USA
  • 1990 Florence - Italy
  • 1994 Kyoto – Japan
  • 1998 Brussels – Belgium
  • 2002 Toronto - Canada
  • 2006 Seoul - Korea
  • 2010 Lisbon - Portugal
  • 2014 Brisbane - Australia
  • 2018 Istanbul - Turkey
  • 2022 Angers - France
  • 2026...

council meetings

  • 1960 The Hague – The Netherlands
  • 1962 Brussels - Belgium
  • 1964 Edinburgh – UK
  • 1966 Maryland - USA
  • 1968 Pisa - Italy
  • 1970 Tel-Aviv - Israel
  • 1972 Hannover – Germany F.R.
  • 1974 Warsaw - Poland
  • 1976 Florence – Italy
  • 1978 Sydney – Australia
  • 1980 Nyborg - Denmark
  • 1982 Hamburg – Germany F.R.
  • 1984 Aas - Norway
  • 1986 Davis - USA
  • 1988 Leamington Spa – UK
  • 1990 Florence - Italy
  • 1992 Leuven – Belgium
  • 1994 Kyoto – Japan
  • 1995 Montpellier – France
  • 1997 Auckland – New Zealand
  • 1998 Brussels – Belgium
  • 2000 Cairo – Egypt
  • 2002 Toronto - Canada
  • 2004 Coolum - Australia
  • 2006 Seoul - Korea
  • 2008 Agadir - Morocco
  • 2010 Lisbon - Portugal
  • 2012 Fortaleza - Brazil
  • 2014 Brisbane - Australia
  • 2016 Québec - Canada

establishment of ISHS sections and commissions

Fruit Section: Established in 1960

  • Founding Chair Prof. H.B. Tukey Sr. (USA)
  • Chair 1963 - 1966: Prof. Dr. S.A. Pieniazek (Poland)
  • Chair 1966 - 1970: Prof. Dr. F.V. Nilson (Sweden)
  • Chair 1970 - 1976: Dr. F.R. Tubbs (UK)
  • Chair 1976 - 1986: Prof. G. Bünemann (Germany F.R.)
  • Chair 1986 - 1994: Prof. S. Sansavini (Italy)
  • Chair 1994 – 2000: Dr. N.E. Looney (Canada)
  • Chair 2000 – 2002: Dr. A.D. Webster (UK)

Since 2002: Section Pome and Stone Fruits

  • Chair 2002 - 2010: Dr. A.D. Webster (UK)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Prof. Guglielmo Costa (Italy)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Ted M. DeJong (USA)

Since 2002: Section Nuts and Mediterranean Zone Fruits

  • Chair 2002 - 2006: Prof. Dr. C. Fideghelli (Italy)
  • Chair 2006 - 2014: Dr. D. Avanzato (Italy)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Tiziano Caruso (Italy)

Section Viticulture: Established in 1992

  • Chair 1992 - 2000: Dr. J.V. Possingham (Australia)
  • Chair 2000 - 2002: Prof. Dr. B.A. Bravdo (Israel)

Since 2002: Section Vine and Berry Fruits

  • Chair 2002 - 2010: Prof. Dr. B.A. Bravdo (Israel)
  • Chair 2010 - 2018: Prof. Dr. Bernadine C. Strik (USA)

Committee Tropical Plantation Crops: Established 1961 - in 1970 the Committee became a Commission

  • Chair 1966 - 1967: Dr. D. Wyman (USA)
  • Chair 1967 – 1970: Dr. Casseres (Mexico)
  • Chair 1970 - 1992: Dr. H.D. Tindall (UK)
  • Chair 1992 - 1998: Dr. P. Martin-Prével (France)
  • Chair 1998 – 2002: Dr. V. Galan-Sauco (Spain)

Since 2002: Section Tropical and Subtropical Fruits

  • Chair 2002 - 2006: Dr. V. Galan Sauco (Spain)
  • Chair 2006 - 2010: Dr. J. Ganry (France)
  • Chair 2010 - 2018: Prof. Dr. Sisir Kumar Mitra (India)

Section Citrus: Established 2005 - Dissolved 2014

  • Chair 2005 - 2010: Prof. L.G. Albrigo (USA)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Dr. Yair Erner (Israel)

Section Vegetables: Established 1960.

  • Chair 1960 – 1962: Prof. Dr. W. Nicolaisen (Finland).
  • Chair 1962 – 1966: Prof. J.E. Hårdh (Hungary)
  • Chair 1966 – 1974: Prof. Dr. D. Fritz (Germany)
  • Chair 1974 - 1990: Ir. J. van Kampen (The Netherlands)
  • Chair 1990 - 1998: Prof. Dr. C. Portas (Portugal)
  • Chair 1998 - 2006: Prof. Dr. D. Cantliffe (USA)
  • Chair 2006 - 2014: Dr. Silvana Nicola (Italy)

Since 2014 Section Vegetables, Quality Production Systems, Leafy Green and Non-Root Vegetables.

  • Chair 2014 – : Prof. Dr. Daniel Leskovar (USA)

Section Ornamental Plants: Established in 1960.

  • Chair 1962 - 1964 Dr. A. Klougart (Denmark).
  • Chair 1964 - 1970: Prof. Dr. J.G. Seeley (USA)
  • Chair 1970 - 1974: Prof. Ir. J.G. Van Onsem (Belgium)
  • Chair 1974 - 1978: Prof. E. Strømme (Norway)
  • Chair 1978 - 1982: Prof. W.U. von Hentig (Germany F.R.)
  • Chair 1982 - 1986: Prof. J.G. Seeley (USA)
  • Chair 1986 - 1994: Dr. O.V. Christensen (Denmark)
  • Chair 1994 – 2002: Dr. R. Bogers (The Netherlands)
  • Chair 2002 - 2010: Dr. R. Criley (USA)
  • Chair 2010 - 2018: Prof. Dr. Margrethe Serek (Germany)

Section Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Active since 1982, officially established in 1986

  • Chair 1982 (officially appointed in 1986) – 1992: Prof. Dr. P. Tétényi (Hungary)
  • Chair 1992 - 1997: Prof. A. Bandoni (Argentina)
  • Chair 1997 - 2006: Prof. Dr. L. Craker (USA)
  • Chair 2006 - 2014: Prof. Dr. A. Máthé (Hungary)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Bhimanagouda Patil (USA)

Section Root and Tuber Crops: Established in 1990

  • Chair 1990 – 1991: Dr. K. Caesar (Germany)
  • Chair 1991 – 1998: Dr. S.K. Hahn (USA)
  • Chair 1998 – 2002: Dr. M. Nichols (New Zealand)
  • Chair 2002 - 2006: Dr. S. Kays (USA)
  • Chair 2006 - 2010: Dr. W. Roca (Peru)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Prof. Dr. Noureddine Benkeblia (Jamaica)

Since 2014 Section Vegetables, Roots, Tubers, Edible Bulbs, Brassica, Asparagus

  • Chair 2014 – 2016: Prof. Dr. Umezuruike Linus Opara (South Africa)
  • Co-Chairs 2016 - : Prof. Dr. Ferdinando Branca (Italy) and Prof. Dr. Umezuruike Linus Opara (South Africa)

Commission Plant Protection: Established 1964.

  • Chair 1964 - 1970: Dr. L. Broadbent (UK)
  • Chair 1970 - 1973: Dr. J.G. ten Houten (The Netherlands)
  • Chair 1973 - 1986: Dr. H. Rønde Kristensen(Denmark)
  • Chair 1986 - 1990: Prof. G. Crüger (Germany F.R.)
  • Chair 1990 - 1998: Prof. C. Van Assche (Belgium)
  • Chair 1998 - 2006: Dr. A. Vanachter (Belgium)
  • Chair 2006 - 2014: Dr. C. Hale (New Zealand)
  • Chair 2014 - : Dr. David Hunter (Canada)

The International Working Group for Horticultural Engineering: Established at the IHC in Nice in 1958, became the ISHS Committee on Engineering in 1960, later Commission Horticultural Engineering

  • Chair 1958 - 1974: Dr. L.G. Morris Following 5 WG's were recognised: a. Glasshouse Construction, heating and air-conditioning, b. Horticultural Implements, c. Plastics, d. Electricity and e. Working methods and organisation.
  • Chair 1974 - 1986: Dr. A.E. Canham (UK)
  • Chair 1986 - 1990: Dr. G.H. Germing (The Netherlands)
  • Chair 1990 - 1994: Prof. Chr. Von Zabeltitz (Germany)
  • Chair 1994 – 2002: Dr. B. Bailey (UK)
  • Chair 2002 - 2004: Prof. Dr. J. Meyer (Germany)
  • Chair 2004 - 2014: Dr. S. Sase (Japan)
  • Chair 2014 - : Dr. Murat Kacira (USA)

Committee on Horticultural Economics: Established 1961; in 1962 the Committee became a Commission - now Commission Economics and Management

  • Chair 1962 – 1968: Prof. Dr. W. Bush (Germany)
  • Chair 1968 – 1969: Dr. L.G. Bennett (UK)
  • Chair 1969 - 1975: Dr. R.R.W. Folley
  • Chair 1975 - 1982: Dr. M. Carlsson (W. Germany)
  • Chair 1982 - 1990: Prof. Dr. R. von Alvensleben (Germany F.R.)
  • Chair 1990 - 1998: Prof. Dr. U. Avermaete (Belgium)
  • Chair 1998 - 2006: Dr. N. De Groot (The Netherlands)
  • Chair 2006 - 2014: Prof. Dr. P.P. Oppenheim (Australia)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Peter J. Batt (Australia)

Committee on Protected Cultivation: Established 1961; in 1962 the Committee became a Commission

  • Chair 1962 – 1966(?): Prof. Dr. J.P. Hudson (UK)
  • Chair 1966(?) - 1974: Prof. Dr. A. Lecrenier (Belgium)
  • Chair 1974 - 1986: Mad. Dr. D. Blanc (France)
  • Chair 1986 - 1994: Prof. F. Tognoni (Italy)
  • Chair 1994 - 1998: Ir. M.M.M. van Winden (The Netherlands)
  • Chair 1998 - 2006: Prof. Dr. A. Abou-Hadid (Egypt)
  • Chair 2006 - 2014: Dr. Ing. Agr. N. Castilla (Spain)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Stefania De Pascale (Italy)

Committee on Soilless Culture: Established 1961; in 1962 the Committee became a Commission. The Commission did not exist long.

Commission Plant Substrates: Established 1970 - Now Commission Plant Substrates and Soilless Culture

  • Chair 1970 - 1982: Prof. Dr. Penningsfeld (Germany F.R.)
  • Chair 1982 - 1994: Dr. O. Verdonck (Belgium)
  • Chair 1994 - 1999: Dr. F. Lemaire (France)
  • Chair 1999 - 2006: Dr. O. Verdonck (Belgium)
  • Chair 2006 - 2010: Prof. Dr. W.H. Schnitzler (Germany)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Dr. W.R. Carlile (Ireland)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Michael Raviv (Israel)

Commission on Urban Horticulture: established 1982, re-named Commission Landscape and Urban Horticulture in 2002

  • Chair 1982 - 1986: Dr. D.W. Robinson (Ireland)
  • Chair 1986 - 1990: Dr. Nina L. Bassuk (USA)
  • Chair 1990 - 1994: Prof. Dr. H.B. Tukey Jr. (USA)
  • Chair 1994 - 2006: Dr. W. Simpson (UK)
  • Chair 2006 - 2014: Prof. Dr. G. D. Groening (Germany)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Giorgio Prosdocimi Gianquinto (Italy)

Commission Education and Training: Established 1984, re-named Commission Education, Research Training and Consultancy.

  • Chair 1984 - 1998: Dr. M. Nichols (New Zealand)
  • Chair 1998 - 2006: Prof. Dr. G. Dixon (UK)
  • Chair 2006 - 2010: Prof. Dr. E.W. Hewett (New Zealand)
  • Chair 2010 - 2013: Associate Professor Dr. David Aldous (Australia - deceased while in office)
  • Chair 2013 - 2014: Dr. Alan Hunter (Ireland - Acting Chair replacing Dr. David Aldous who passed away in 2013)
  • Chair 2014 - : Dr. Rémi Kahane (France)

Commission Biotechnology: Established 1992 - now Commission Molecular Biology and In Vitro Culture

  • Chair 1992 – 1998: Dr. R.H. Zimmerman (USA)
  • Chair 1998 – 2002: Dr. F. Hammerschlag (USA)
  • Chair 2002 - 2006: Dr. C. Damiano (Italy)
  • Chair 2006 - 2010: Prof. Dr. R.A. Drew (Australia)
  • Chair 2010 - 2018: Dr. Maurizio Lambardi (Italy)

Commission Postharvest: Established 1992, re-named Commission Quality and Postharvest Horticulture in 2002

  • Chair 1992 – 1998: Dr. M. Herregods (Belgium)
  • Chair 1998 - 2006: Prof. Dr. E.W. Hewett (New Zealand)
  • Chair 2006 - 2010: Prof. Dr. P. Tonutti (Italy)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Dr. Sirichai Kanlayanarat (Thailand)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Christopher B. Watkins (USA)

Commission Plant Genetic Resources: Established 1998

  • Chair 1998 – 2002: Prof. Dr. C. Fideghelli (Italy)
  • Chair 2002 - 2010: Dr. K. Hummer (USA)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Dr. Hannah Jaenicke (Germany)
  • Chair 2014 - : Dr. Damiano Avanzato (Italy)

Commission Sustainability in Integrated and Organic Horticulture: Established 2005 - re-named Commission Organic Horticulture in 2014

  • Chair 2005 – 2014: Dr. R.K. Prange (Canada)
  • Chair 2014 - : Dr. Martine Dorais (Canada)

Commission Nomenclature and Cultivar Registration - re-classified as a 'Special Commission' in 2014

  • Chair 1963 - ?: Mr. J.S.L. Gilmour (UK)
  • Chair 1971 - 1980: Dr. C. Walkof (Canada)
  • Chair 1980 - 2000: Dr. C.D. Brickell (UK)
  • Chair 2000 - 2005: Mr. P. Trehane (UK)
  • Chair 2005 - : Dr. J. Cubey (UK)

Commission Irrigation and Plant Water Relations: Established 2004

  • Chair 2004 – 2010: Prof. Dr. I. Ferreira (Portugal)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Dr. Richard L. Snyder (USA)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Manuela Zude-Sasse (Germany)

Commission Fruits and Vegetables for Health: Established 2006

  • Chair 2006 – 2010: Prof. Dr. Y. Desjardins (Canada)
  • Chair 2010 - 2014: Prof. Dr. Olaf Van Kooten (Netherlands)
  • Chair 2014 - : Prof. Dr. Julian Heyes (New Zealand)